Life

Dear Mary: How should I deal with a friend who leaves appalling comments on Facebook?

6 July 2019 9:00 am

Q. Friends and I keep in touch and share our more memorable experiences on Facebook. One friend is an elderly…

A toast to the wisdom – and wit – of Norman Stone

6 July 2019 9:00 am

We were in a club, discussing Norman Stone, recently departed, over a meal that he would have enjoyed. Norman divided…

Who really invented the word ‘posh’?

6 July 2019 9:00 am

Two rules of grammar are certain: never split an infinitive and never end a sentence with a preposition. As for…

Nice men make terrible leaders

29 June 2019 9:00 am

The Duke of Marlborough gave a toast last week that brought the house down during a Turning Point dinner for…

My oncologist is a shining goddess

29 June 2019 9:00 am

The weather forecast was rain, torrential, all day, so I took my anorak. In the hospital car park it was…

You can tell a Remainer by their garden fence

29 June 2019 9:00 am

Remainers don’t like borders, I get that. But I had always assumed this was a preference confined to geopolitics. I…

How an orphaned baby kudu gave solace to my grieving friend

29 June 2019 9:00 am

Laikipia, Kenya   On 5 April this year, my neighbour Torrie’s sister Vicki died during an operation in a Nairobi…

Bridge

29 June 2019 9:00 am

I’m just back from an exhilarating week in Istanbul, where I was lucky enough to be partnering Tom Paske in…

King’s Indian

29 June 2019 9:00 am

The King’s Indian Defence is one of Black’s most dynamic reactions to closed openings such as d4/c4 and Nf3. Black…

no. 560

29 June 2019 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Michalik-Jirasek, Prague 2019. The game is only just out of the opening but…

Take three

29 June 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3104 you were invited to encapsulate the life story of a well-known person, living or dead, in…

2414: Matchplay

29 June 2019 9:00 am

Seven unclued entries had the same relationship to an eighth (appearing as the two other unclued lights).   Across 1   …

to 2411: Left Out

29 June 2019 9:00 am

The unclued lights are famous LEFT-HANDED people. First prize Tony Hankey, London W4Runners-up Chris Butler, Borough Green, Kent; Julie Sanders,…

Britain is becoming more meritocratic, not less

29 June 2019 9:00 am

You have to admire the Sutton Trust’s PR skills. For those who don’t know, the Sutton Trust is a social…

The Battle for Britain

29 June 2019 9:00 am

Sports journalism in Britain is being attacked by an American predator

29 June 2019 9:00 am

Forty years ago the football transfer market went crazy: the British record was broken four times in 1979, more than…

Dear Mary: How do I handle the dreaded ‘B word’ at supper parties?

29 June 2019 9:00 am

Q. I have lost many friends and acquaintances by discussing Brexit and finding fundamental differences of opinion. Recently I have…

I didn’t know kosher food this good existed: Decks in Tverya reviewed

29 June 2019 9:00 am

Decks is a restaurant built on the Sea of Galilee. It is Benjamin and Sara Netanyahu’s favourite restaurant (it is…

Watch out for ‘watch on’

29 June 2019 9:00 am

In Casablanca, Mr and Mrs Leuchtag resolve to speak English to each other in preparation for emigration to America. Mr…

After the week I’ve just had will my liver ever recover?

22 June 2019 9:00 am

Bellamy’s and Oswald’s are the two best restaurants in London. They are owned by two friends of mine — both…

Up close and personal with Thomas Hardy

22 June 2019 9:00 am

I walked in out of the rain, dripping, and sat down beside the fire on the primitive high-backed settle. ‘Is…

This prospective lodger was clearly barking mad

22 June 2019 9:00 am

‘Take a seat,’ said the prospective lodger as we stood in my dining room. ‘I’m sorry, I don’t understand,’ I…

In praise of geldings

22 June 2019 9:00 am

Boris Johnson, Remainers might like to be reminded, does sometimes change his mind under pressure. Some years ago, as editor…

Bridge

22 June 2019 9:00 am

Here we go again. The ninth European Bridge Championships are upon us, this time taking place in Istanbul. Hundreds of…

Wine Club 22 June

22 June 2019 9:00 am

Ah, how lovely! The sun’s out and the birds are tweeting. My boys’ wretched A-levels and GCSEs are finally over…